God and the digital age

THE final report of the Synod of Bishops on young people, faith and vocational discernment that concluded last October has an interesting observation regarding the digital culture that is now pervasive in the world. It talks about the great benefits and the dangers that the digital world is giving us.

Bigger than bombs

THE Cathedral of Our Lady of Mr. Carmel has been a punching bag of about 8 or so bombings already, not to mention the killing of its 4th bishop Benjamin de Jesus, OMI, in 1997.

Explore, adapt, innovate

While we may have our own particular niche in life that is fit to our personal condition and circumstances, we have to realize that we are not meant to be imprisoned there, but should rather have an attitude of openness to the flowing developments of the times.

Good politics: A way to peace

Every year, for 52 years now, the Holy Father gives a reflection on peace on New Year’s Day as his message for the celebration of the World Day for Peace. This year the message of Pope Francis is entitled: GOOD POLITICS IS AT THE SERVICE OF PEACE.

The sense of accountability

If in our ordinary businesses, we have to do some serious accounting, it should be much more when what is involved is our own personal spiritual life. Nothing can be more serious than our spiritual life.

Seeing through the smokescreen

IN the last couple of weeks, Duterte was relentless in his tirades against the Church and against religion.

Massacre of farmers

WHEREVER there is massive poverty there is injustice. People are made poor!

Today’s youth challenge

THE Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment just ended last October 27 and a final report has already been submitted to Pope Francis.


FOR quite a while, the word, “empowerment,” became a buzzword in many circles in our society. Among the Church people, for example, they talk about empowerment of the laity, of the youth, of the women, etc. Some socially minded people also talk about empowerment of the poor, the indigenous people and the like.

Will children with rosaries stop the killings?

IN the morning of October 18, thousands of Filipino children will join the global initiative of one million children praying the holy rosary.  These are children from 700 Catholic schools and 1,200 parishes from about 41 dioceses nationwide.

Developing an operative faith

We should be concerned about this matter. Our faith should not remain only in the theoretical, intellectual level. It has to be a functioning one, giving shape and direction in our thoughts and intentions, our words and deeds. In fact, it should shape our whole life.

China and the Vatican

On September 22, 2018, the Vatican has announced that it has signed with the People’s Republic of China a “provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops,” allowing Chinese Catholics to have bishops who are in communion with Rome but at the same time recognized by Chinese authorities.